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  • 1. History

    Inverness appears to be a modern town because its history as a meeting point of Highland and Lowland meant it was often a place of conflict. Clan Donald is said to have burned the town at least seven times, while Bonnie Prince Charlie's forces destroyed the fort in 1745. One significant historic building is Inverness Castle, built in the 1830s. This is a gothic style building ...Read moremade of red sandstone. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Inverness was granted city status in 2000, and is often referred to as the capital of the Highlands. One of the main industries in Inverness is tourism, and people from all over the world visit the city as part of their trip to the Highlands of Scotland and the famous Loch Ness. It is a modern city with a good selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions.

  • 3. Events

    The Inverness Highland Games are held on one day in July and are one of the highlights of the city’s annual calendar. The traditional games attract thousands of spectators and many competitors. The day includes a parade, highland dancing, music, entertainment, athletic and heavy events. The Inverness Half Marathon takes place in March and also includes a 5k fun run. The Baxt...Read moreers Loch Ness Marathon is another significant running event, which takes place in September. The Red Hot Highland Fling is Inverness’s free open-air Hogmanay celebration including live music on a main stage and a fireworks display. This is a family friendly event. The Marymas Medieval Fair takes place in June and includes stalls, sideshows, a barbecue, live entertainment, a procession and more. The event raises money for Crossroads, a charity that supports carers. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Loch Ness is situated on the outskirts of Inverness and attracts visitors from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has objects, images and exhibitions about the people, environment and traditions of the Highlands. The museum reopened in 2007 after a major refurbishment. Fort George was built by Geor...Read morege II, after the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie by the Jacobites. Visitors can marvel at the garrison buildings, artillery defences and a collection of arms including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords and ammunition pouches. Visitors can discover The Story of Tartan at the James Pringle working factory and exhibition. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Boat trips from Inverness Marina offer a chance to see a school of dolphins frolic in the Moray Firth, trips around Loch Ness and a chance to look for red kites. Inverness Floral Hall, Gardens and Coffee Shop has flower displays, a glass house, subtropical plants, a cascading waterfall, a pool of Koi Carp, a cactus house, an outdoor garden and more. The Tomatin Distillery is so...Read moreuth of Inverness and gives visitors a chance to find out more about the making of Scottish whisky. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Inverness has a compact city centre offering a wide selection of high street stores and independent retailers. Indoor shopping is available in the Eastgate Shopping Centre, while the Old Town offers a more quirky shopping experience. The Victorian Market houses a range of jewellers and craftsmen, as well as a range of clothing and gift items

  • 7. Transport

    By car, the A82, A9 and A96 are the main roads in and out of the city. Several bus operators run regular services to the Highlands from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are daily train services linking Inverness with Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are also services to other destinations in the Highlands. The Caledonian Sleeper service operates from London Euston...Read more to Fort William and Inverness. Inverness Airport has flights to destinations all over the UK as well as some European destinations. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Eden Court Theatre is a modern venue for live entertainment. Its packed programme of events includes opera, popular music, concerts, ballet, modern dance, drama and films. The Ironworks is a venue for live music. Stars to have played at the venue in the past include Kasabian, Runrig, Van Morrison, Babyshambles, The Wombats, The Charlatans and Biffy Clyro. Local musicians a...Read morelso play gigs at the site. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Clava Cairns, on the outskirts of Inverness, is the site of a well-preserved group of prehistoric burial stones dating back about 4,000 years. The Bronze Age cemetery complex includes passage graves, ring cairns, kerb cairn, standing stones in a beautiful setting and the remains of a chapel of unknown date.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Loch Ness is 23 miles long and over 300m deep in some places. Sightings of a creature in the water have been reported for over a thousand years, meaning there would have had to be several beasts and a breeding population in the loch.


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